Free Ourdoor Cultural Program

JPA Early Summer Festival

Festival at Nolan Park – Saturday, MAY 28th (12-6pm)

Performance at Ourlook Hill – Friday, JUNE 17th (7-8:30pm)

(Rain Day, JUNE 18th)

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Poster Image by Terumi Saito

Event Dates


Saturday, May 28th 12-6pm @ Nolan Park 


33 Friday, June 17  7-8:30pm  (Rain Day, June 18) ##3 @ Outlook Hill 

JPA Early Summer Festival is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Cultural Affairs, Japan Foundation New York, J.C.C.Fund & JCCI NY 

ABOUT our performance on the Friday June 17th (Rain Day, 18th)

 JPA Performance at Outlook Hill on Goverrnos Island will be on FRIDAY, JUNE 17th (7-8pm) 

Looking forward to seeing you at the top of the hill!  


Thank you so much for your participation and support our Festival on May 28th

We had a great time with you throughout a day!

Our next performance event is on June 17th at Outlook Hill on Governors Island!

See you there!

Program on June 17 (Rain Day, June 18) - Performance at Outlook Hill

Performance: from 7:00 pm

JPA will perform “Gujo Odori” and “Nishimonai Bon Odori,” two of the Big Three Bon Odori dances of Japan on top of Outlook Hill on Governors Island. This will be JPA’s second performance on Outlook Hill since the summer of 2019. These two dances are culturally distinguished with hundreds of years of history, therefore they are shown in wide variety of cultural occasions in Japan (i.e. not only during the summer obon timing). The scene of these Japanese dances on top of the Hill, with the Statue of Liberty in the background, will be a spectacular view. Please come and enjoy!

Emcees: Frank Barrett & Jiro Nagahara


1. Introduction
2. Short Taiko Performance as Starter by Riley and Mac
3. Nishimonai Bon Odori (Ondo)
4. Gujo Odori (Kawasaki, Gengen Barabara, Sanbyaku)
5. Nishimonai Bon Odori (Ganke)
6. Gujo Odori (Kocho Kwasaki, nekonoko, Harukoma)
7. Taiko Performance by Riley and Mac
8. Finale (dancing Awa Odori freely with the rhythm of taiko )


Program on May 28 - Festival at Nolan Park (Completed)

Japanese Food Vendor Area: from 12:00 pm

 Japanese food items will be served at JPA Early Summer Festival! Vendors will open at 12:00 noon.

Performance Area: from 1:00 pm

Emcees:  Sakura Lin & Ken Saito

The detailed schedule of games and performances will be announced later, so please check back again. The games in this area include ring toss, watermelon splitting, candy craft performance. The performances in this area include kimono dressing demonstrations and workshops on Awaodori and Gujo Odori.

Playground Area: from 1:00 pm 

In this area, you can play Japanese games such as superball scooping, fukuwarai, ring toss, daruma otoshi, kendama, bamboo dragonfly, etc. Playing superball scooping require a small fee, but all other games are free.

Ferry Information:

To go to Governors Island,  ferry reservation is necessary. Please find the information at the page below.   You can find the ferry ride prices, schedule and other information!

Direction to Nolan Park:

Nolan Park is 5 min walk from the Ferry terminal on Governors Island. From the terminal walk up to the end of the street and take the left passage. Walk along with the street, you will reach Nolan Park.